• 9 am
    Bible School
  • 10:15 am
    Worship Service

Sundays | 725 Trimble Road, PO Box 489, Joppa, MD 21085

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Our Leadership

We are led by three elders and a preacher.  Our leadership models come from the Biblical examples in Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

Mike Benedetta, Elder

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Loren Deckard, Elder

Loren and Mary Jane Deckard served Joppatowne Christian Church from its beginning in 1967.  Loren was the first minister for the church and served until 1994 when he moved to Manhattan, KS, to be Pastoral Ministry Professor at Manhattan Christian College.  Mary Jane directed the Christian Education program of the church for all those years from 1967 to 1994.  After retiring from teaching in KS, Loren and Mary Jane moved back to Maryland.  The Deckards have four children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  They spend a month each year at the beach in New Hampshire.  Loren teaches adult Sunday School and a bi-weekly “Empty Nesters” Bible Study.


Rick Ferrigno, Elder

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Adam Shellenbarger, Preacher

Adam arrived at Joppatowne Christian Church in June 2013. He has lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and now Maryland, so if he played a game of “Risk: Mid-Atlantic States” he’d probably win– or he’d lose, because he’s pretty terrible at playing Risk. It won’t take long for Adam to mention his alma mater, Penn State University, as well as some other passions like New York City and Broadway musicals. He has a degree from Johnson University (formerly Johnson Bible College) as well, but he’s not bragging. His favorite book of the Bible is James and his favorite movie is 1985’s Clue based on the popular board game (which he’s better at than Risk).